Final_BTEA_Building Trades_Recovery Week

Our Program

Building Trades Recovery Week begins with an Opening Night in Boston, MA at the Sheet Metal Local 17 Apprenticeship Center. The week concludes with a Job Site Stand Down in select locations across the Northeast. ALL TRAINING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS ARE FREE.

Day 1 | Monday, April 24, 2023


Opening Ceremony | In-Person

Sheet Metal JATC, 1181 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02124

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BTEA Northeast’s 3rd Annual Building Trades Recovery Week Opening Night will launch the construction industry’s weeklong substance use disorder and mental health awareness campaign, bringing labor and management together under one roof to hear from special guest speakers, including:


  • Tom Gunning – Executive Director, BTEA Northeast
  • John Christian – President and CEO, Modern Assistance Programs
  • F. Daniel Lynch – Senior District Representative, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch’s Office
  • David Silk – a former professional ice hockey player, Silk spent 13 years in the NHL and is arguably most famous for being a member of the 1980 US Men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the Olympics in Lake Placid. A native of Massachusetts, Silk will speak on his recovery journey.
  • Darryl Strawberry – an MLB legend, Strawberry holds 4 World Series Titles, is an 8 Time National League All-Star, and a National League Homerun Leader among many other impressive accolades. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases as one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball, Straw’s Sweet Swing, Strawberry’s Field Forever and The Legendary Straw Man! Strawberry will share his story of recovery and redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives.

Day 2 | Tuesday, April 25, 2023


Session 1: Narcan Training by C4 Innovations

Quincy Marriott, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, MA 02169
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
C4 Innovations will provide training on opioid overdose prevention training and Narcan administration. Individuals will receive a certificate for completing the training. This is a great opportunity for business agents, stewards, shop and field foremen, superintendents and/or any individual looking to learn more about this life-saving training.


Dr. Gregory Acampora

Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Session 2: First Aid & CPR Training

Quincy Marriott, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, MA 02169

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The National Safety Council’s (NSC) comprehensive First Aid, CPR & AED course has been designed using extensive research and educational testing to improve skill mastery and long-term retention. This course is taught in a dynamic and hands-on way with industry-leading curriculum and content from the expert in occupational first aid training. And when your employees complete NSC First Aid, CPR & AED training, you can rest easy knowing that they have gained the skills and confidence they need to respond in an emergency.  Individuals will receive a certificate for completing the training.


Dr. Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L

Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Day 3 | Wednesday April 26, 2023


Session 3:
Recovery & Wellness Round Table

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Improving mental health and combating the substance use disorder crisis often go hand in hand. Hear from industry experts and workers on the latest in wellness plans, recovery advancements in the union building trades and resources available.


Moderator: Miranda Jones, Partner at O’Reilly Grosso, Gross and Jones


  • Taylor Gavin – Director of Safety, Lee Kennedy, Co.
  • Jonathan Ashwell – LAP-C, CADC, Recovery Specialist, Massachusetts Laborers’ Union
  • Chris Brennan – Business Manager IUPAT DC 35
  • Paul Greeley – Executive Director, Carpenters Assistance Program
  • Jeff Smith – Director, Carpenters Assistance Program


Timothy S. Irving

Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction

Douglas Trout, MD, MHS

Deputy Director, NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health

Session 4 : Recovery Story – Darren Waller

Sheet Metal JATC, 1181 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02124 
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Darren Waller, current Tight End for the New York Giants, will share his experience, strength and hope. Waller has an incredible story of overcoming addiction and finding recovery, while becoming an inspiration and ally to those struggling with substance use disorder and mental health challenges.


Miranda Jones

Partner, O’Reilly, Grosso, Gross & Jones, P.C.


Jamie Evans

Senior Director, Environment & Safety, Turner Construction

Marc Lyle

Recovery Specialist, Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund

Zach McCann

Operations Office, Boss Steel, Inc.

Jeff Smith

Carpenters Assistance Program




Session 5: Virtual Narcan Training

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

C4 Innovations will provide virtual training on opioid overdose prevention training and Narcan administration. Individuals will receive a certificate for completing the training.



Aislinn McGuire

Executive Director, Contractors Association of Greater New York


David Argus

Director of Operations, Contract Division, Karas & Karas Glass Company Inc.


Thomas S. Gunning

Executive Director, BTEA Northeast


Lauren Rayner Davis

Associate, Labor and Employment Practice, Peckar & Abramson P.C.


Chris Scheiblein

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Counselor, IBEW Local 98

Session 6: Women’s Wellness Event

Lifetime Fitness in Medford at Station Landing

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

BTEA Northeast Women’s Group encourages all women, both labor and management, in the construction industry to join us for this two-part stress management session featuring wellness experts Alex Amorosi and Calvin Braxton. This session focuses on breathwork, Yin Yoga and building community. It does not require “power moves” and is designed for all fitness levels. All equipment (yoga mats, props, etc.) will be provided.

*This session is reserved for all women of the construction industry. 


9:00 a.m. | MA Location:  111 Harbor Way, Boston, MA 02210

Every year, 229 construction workers out of every 100,000 lose their life to substance use. To honor those lives lost in our industry, the Building Trades Employers’ Association, in collaboration with Turner Construction Company, Suffolk Construction and WS Development, will conclude Recovery Week with a job site stand downs in Massachusetts.  

*Parking is extremely limited and all are suggested to park at:  111 Harbor Way Parking Garage, Boston MA, 02210